The race is on for reliable, cannabinoid-rich autoflower hemp cultivars for international hemp
growers. The fastest road to success will be paved when hemp breeders and hemp growers work
Trilogene Seeds, a leading U.S. hemp breeder based in Colorado, believes the best way for U.S.
hemp breeders to meet growing demand for internationally-appropriate autoflower hemp
cultivars is by developing global breeding partnerships and developing new autoflower hemp
cultivars on location.
Trilogene has established joint ventures with international hemp growers and is actively seeking
more. We work hand-in-hand with international hemp growers to breed new, regionally-adapted,
autoflower hemp varietals, says Matt Haddad, CEO of Trilogene Seeds.
Haddad is a big fan of the advantages autoflower hemp varietals offer to international clients —
especially those closer to the equator — and is committed to pursuing breeding partnerships that
improve international hemp grower’s potential for success in the global hemp marketplace.
The worldwide demand for CBD and CBD oil is projected to be worth $123.2 billion (USD) by2027, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of more than 25 percent over the next six-
plus years. Just in the last few years, a rash of countries have legalized hemp production. Hemp-
growing regions are emerging in South America, Africa, Asia, and even the Oceania regions
of Australia and New Zealand.
Why Are Autoflower Hemp Cultivars Suitable for International Hemp Growers?
Autoflower hemp, aka Cannabis ruderalis, is a different hemp species than the commonly
known Cannabis sativa (indica). Autoflower’s big claim to fame is its ability to produce a crop
quickly — within seven to 10 weeks — no matter how long or short the days are. Traditional
hemp varietals are photoperiodic — they are triggered to flower when nights get longer and days
In countries close to the equator where nights and days are relatively the same length,
photoperiodic hemp varietals may fail to produce a profitable crop. The plants are triggered to
flower before they have successfully had a long enough vegetative stage, resulting in lackluster
flower production. Or, hemp growers are limited to a narrow planting window.
Autoflower hemp, however, is not bound by daylight requirements. Autoflower hemp growers
can plant whenever weather conditions are favorable without worrying about hours in the day.
Also, autoflower hemp’s fast maturity rate equals more options for planting multiple successions,
squeezing in a hemp crop after (or before) planting something different, or avoiding harsh
regional climatic conditions unfavorable in short-season regions.
But, autoflower varietals aren’t perfect. Because they are so quick to produce a crop, they are a
much smaller plant than traditional sativa varietals producing less flower. Initial varieties
available were low in CBD percentages compared to sativa cultivars and autoflower varietals
have been susceptible to mold and mildew in wet conditions, thriving best in hot and dry
However, Haddad expects the quality and selection of autoflower hemp cultivars to improve
rapidly as experienced breeders like Trilogene laser in on breeding for better autoflower strains.
There are currently only about five reliably productive autoflower cultivars on the market, so
there is plenty of room to grow as far as breeding improvements, Haddad says.
That’s exactly what has prompted Trilogene to develop joint ventures with international partners
to grow out and select new autoflower hemp strains in the country they are being grown for.
Hemp breeders have traditionally manipulated indoor conditions to reflect different climate
extremes for making breeding selections. But it is easier, faster and more reliable to make those
breeding choices onsite with autoflower hemp, Haddad says.
Because of how quickly autoflower hemp plants mature, growing out and shipping trial breeding
plants are problematic. Just the shipping itself can stress young autoflower seedlings, triggering
them to flower prematurely. Instead, Haddad and the Trilogene team are working with our
international partners, teaching them the nuances of growing autoflower hemp, guiding them as
they “pheno hunt” for promising individual plants and then teaching them how to clone and
breed-back those plants to develop a strain specifically adapted to their onsite conditions.
For more information on our autoflower offerings for 2021 or to work with us to develop a new
strain appropriate for your region— we are actively pursuing international partnerships
producing regionally-specific autoflower hemp varietals — visit our website
at www.trilogeneseeds.com. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (630) 605-1707.